Section 3.6

Spelling in Email

Professionals are judged on their spelling. Fair or unfair, one of the quickest ways to cause readers to draw negative conclusions about your larger competence is to misspell words.

Fortunately, professionals today have multiple tools — electronic spell-checkers, for example — at their disposal to ensure that messages don’t go out with spelling mistakes. Take advantage of them; the benefits far outweigh the time cost. See Chapter 5, “Editing Your Email,” for additional comments on editing.